Police told: Hasten probe into ex-village chief murder-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SAMAR Governor Sharee Ann Tan has called for a speedy investigation on the killing of a former barangay chairman.
The governor said it is good for the family of slain former barangay chair Filomeno Cabarriban, 47, to be given justice if those behind his murder would be arrested and charged in court.
“Yes, I am calling for our police authorities to speed up their investigation on the killing of Mino (the victim’s nickname). This way, justice will be served to him and his family,” said Tan, in a phone interview.
Cabarriban was gunned down by a still unidentified armed man, who was with three accomplices, last Sunday at 11:10 a.m. while watching a cockfight in Barangay Lagundi.
The former chairman was hit at the back, with the bullet exiting to his upper chest. Two empty shells of caliber .45 were recovered from the crime scene.
Tan said it is “unfair” that her family is being dragged into the killing of Cabarriban, a known political supporter of former Catbalogan mayor and now councilor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy.
“We have nothing to do with this incident. What we will get, for example, if we will do that? His presence is not affecting us, after all,” Tan said.
“It’s really unfair that our family is being implicated on this killing,” she added.
Cabarriban earlier exposed an alleged “ghost project” in their village funded by the pork barrel of Tan’s mother, Representative Milagrosa “Mila” Tan, worth P11.35 million.
The governor denied the allegation of Cabarriban. “We will be the immediate suspect. Look, this early, we are being implicated to his murder. We are not capable of doing it.”
Police in Catbalogan have yet to establish the motive on the killing despite arresting one of the alleged suspects who is now in their custody.
Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Manuel Ricalde said they are finding some difficulties in extracting information from the arrested suspect.
He said they could not give much information, to include the motive of Cabarriban’s killing.
Cabarriban’s death came at a time that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has imposed a gun ban relative to the forthcoming barangay polls on October 28.
The suspect is now detained at the Catbalogan City lock-up jail after he was arrested Sunday evening.
“He is hostile to us. He is not giving us any information about the incident. What he gave us was his personal circumstances like his name, age and where he lives. Other than these informations he keeps mum,” Ricalde said.
“We are still in the case build up stage. Once we have the evidences, we will file a murder charge against him,” Ricalde added.
He said the suspect was arrested outside his house around 7 p.m. of Sunday.
“He did not resist when he was arrested,” the police officer said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)